Good Day LA: ‘Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’ To Perform In ‘Art Of Rap Music Festival’

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Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – just one of the many rap performers appearing at this weekend’s ‘Art Of Rap Music Festival’ in Irvine. In 1997, the group won a Grammy for the hit ‘Tha Crossroads’.

Fun facts about Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (Source: Lymelight Media)

Graced with a quick and sometimes sung delivery, along with a unique sense of melody, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony burst out of Cleveland, Ohio in the mid-’90s with a pair of massive hits (“Thuggish Ruggish Bone” and “Tha Crossroads”) along with a great first album, as well as a successful follow-up, and then quickly unraveled. Mainstream interest dropped off toward the tail end of the ’90s, but the group, which underwent a series of lineup changes, continued to release new material via mixtapes and albums throughout the 2000s.

N.W.A’s Eazy-E signed the group — initially comprised of Krayzie Bone, Wish Bone, Flesh-N-Bone, Layzie Bone, and Bizzy Bone — to Ruthless Records. The debut release from Bone was an EP, Creepin on ah Come Up (1994). The EP boasted “Thuggish Ruggish Bone,” a conventional G-funk song with an unconventional array of Bone Thug rappers that became an overnight summer anthem, especially throughout the Midwest. The single crossed into the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at number 22.

Amid the fervor, the group immediately reentered the studio and emerged with a remarkable album, E 1999 Eternal (1995). The album topped the Billboard 200 and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts and spawned a pair of popular singles, “1st of the Month” and “Tha Crossroads,” the latter a dedication to the deceased Eazy-E and a Grammy Award recipient. As was in vogue at the time, the group members subsequently pursued respective solo careers and also a Mo Thugs Family spinoff group; none of these ventures rivaled the proper Bone projects.

At this point, the onetime cohesive group, which specialized in interwoven, harmonious singing as well as rapping, became conflicted and the group members failed to collaborate well. However, their second album, Art of War (1997) — an ambitious double-disc package — was very successful. Not only did it top the same Billboard charts as E 1999 Eternal, but lead single “Look into My Eyes” went Top Five on the Hot 100. Within a year of release, it was certified quadruple platinum for over four million units sold in the U.S.

A second round of solo albums sold poorly, and Bone quickly slid off the mainstream radar. Occasional reunions, such as 2000’s BTNHResurrection and 2002’s Thug World Order, produced some moments of glory, but these were few and far between. Thug Stories, released in 2006 on Koch, placed the group — at the time, a trio minus Bizzy — in the Top 30 of the Billboard 200. Bone then signed to Swizz Beatz’s Interscope-affiliated Full Surface boutique label, where they issued 2007’s Strength & Loyalty. A major-label budget allowed for guest spots from the Game, Mariah Carey, Akon, Bow Wow, and Twista, and the set eventually sold over 500,000 copies, earning gold certification. Bizzy returned for 2010’s Uni5: The World’s Enemy. The album debuted at number 14 on the Billboard 200. A handful of dates excepted, Bizzy was absent from the album’s promotional tour. He returned for the 2013 release Art of War: WWIII, but this time Krayzie and Wish Bone were out of the group, with both working on solo careers.

The Art Of Rap will feature two stages and over 25 artists per date featuring a who’s who of the history of rap & hip-hop. The events will be a full festival experience featuring break-dancers, live graffiti artists, vendors, an interactive festival area and so much more.

The ‘Art Of Rap Music Festival’ taking place Saturday, July 18th at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Irvine.

A select amount of tickets are available on the official website: http://www.ArtofRapFest.com

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MTV.com: Layzie Bone Proves He’s Not Lazy By Saving A Man’s Life In Wyoming

Layzie Bone doesn’t just rap fast, as a member of the tongue-twisting group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony — he also acts fast when he sees someone in need.

He was compelled to do just that recently while in Wyoming on a tour stop, while traveling from Casper to Riverton, when he saw a man driving out-of-control.

“He started swerving,” Layzie explained to Wyoming’s K2TV. “We like, Oh, my god, this guy’s gonna kill himself. He hit the dirt and came back, and when the concrete met his tires, he started spinning instantly.”

The rapper approached the car to try to help.

“He didn’t know who anybody was, so I said, ’Do you know Bone Thugs-N-Harmony?’ And he kinda woke up,” he said. “He was like, ’Yeah.’”

It turned out the 24-year-old driver was a diabetic whose blood sugar had gotten too low, resulting in a state of shock. Layzie lent an assist by offering fruit and chocolate to the man, which could help to raise his blood sugar.

“When I see negative things, especially things that happen as a blessing, that could have been the worst, I make it into music,” Layzie said.

“I’m not doing this interview to be no type of hero, like they put it. I’m not that person. I genuinely care about people.”

Source: MTV.com, Adam Fleischer

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